Friday, January 13, 2006

Iran threatens to cut links with nuclear watchdog

TIMES ONLINE- Iran threatened today to end its co-operation with the UN atomic watchdog if its controversial nuclear programme is referred to the United Nations Security Council for censure and possible sanctions.

The move would stop the snap inspection of Iranian nuclear facilities and could bring an end to a moratorium on its enrichment of uranium. It would also jeopardise diplomatic negotiations with Britain, France and Germany, the three European powers who have been leading international efforts to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapon technology.

"If the dossier is sent to the Security Council, the European countries will lose the means which are currently at their disposal, because... the government will be obliged, in conformity with the law adopted by parliament, to end all its voluntary measures of cooperation," Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian Foreign Minister, told the IRNA news agency today.

And how would this be different from what they're doing now?

Iran doens't care what the IAEA says. In fact, Iran tells the IAEA where it can and can't search.

Think I'm joking?

Jan 9, 2005

Iran says it will allow United Nations nuclear experts to take environmental samples from a military site to disprove allegations Tehran is secretly developing nuclear weapons.

A foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters Sunday in Tehran that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors would only take samples from so-called "green areas" at the military site, and not from inside the installation.

Thursday, 13 January, 2005

"It is not necessary for the inspectors to enter the installations. They are authorised to take samples outside (the buildings) using their equipment."